Blessings: They’re Not Really About Us
In the month of March, we are going to be talking about blessings and prosperity. Unfortunately, I’ve found fairly often that some Christians view blessings as some kind of transaction with God. God will bless you if you—have enough faith, pray enough, are right with God, [insert appropriate virtue or ministry here]. You get the idea.
That’s just not how it works. It’s very unfortunate that a number of churches and Christian leaders equate God’s blessings with the faulty doctrine of “healthy, wealthy, and prosperous.” This basically teaches that God will bless Christians with everything that they want—namely, health, wealth, and prosperity—if they have enough faith. That is not at all what Christ has taught us. Rather, He said that Christians would have trouble in this world even though He has ultimately won it for Himself (John 16:33).
God does not bless us to make our lives easier; He blesses us to show us who He is and to advance His kingdom. His plan sometimes includes hardship for us, and through it, He is cultivating character and faithfulness in us (1 Peter 1:6-7). We are His children, and because He is a good Father, He will take care of us. He will work in our circumstances in ways that we don’t even realize. He knows all of our needs, and He is faithful to supply them. He actually tells us not to worry about them at all.
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:25-33)
We are precious to God, and He does desire for us to be happy. But He makes it quite clear that our comfort is not His chief concern. And it shouldn’t be ours either. His kingdom is more important. He desires for us to use our time here to grow in righteousness by pursuing the work that He has given us. He has equipped each of us with unique skills and passions that we can use to glorify Him and to advance His kingdom.
True blessings come from seeking God. Concern yourself with His purposes, and He will take care of the rest.
I first seek God and His righteousness and all I need is being added to me. Matthew 6:33 (Driving Reflections—Blessing / Prosperity)